Hagen shines as a Mustang

Former Yellow Medicine East wrestler succeeds as college athlete

Granite Falls, Minn. — “It’s the greatest sense of pride getting your hand raised at the end of a match. It keeps you hungry. It keeps you going,” said former Yellow Medicine East wrestler and Southwest Minnesota State University senior Martin Hagen after ending his competitive wrestling career. “I just can’t give up wrestling.” Continue reading at granitefallsnews.com

Double dose of confidence for Gophers wrestling twins

Chris and Nick Dardanes may be identical twins and eerily similar in voice, stature and appearance, but they aren’t totally alike: Nick has the University of Minnesota “M” tattooed on his chest, while Chris has it inked on his arm.

The placement might not be a perfect match, but the permanence of those logos reflects a passion for Gophers wrestling that is. Continue reading at startribune.com

Wrestling for his country, not himself

Andy Bisek and Chas Betts both grew up in Minnesota, but in cities more than 45 minutes apart. Now, the duo are seeking Olympic glory side-by-side in Greco-Roman wrestlers.

Once teammates at Northern Michigan University and training partners at the U.S. Olympic Education Center team the past six years, they are now both at the U.S. Olympic Training Center pursuing Olympic dreams. They are training partners and friends, and have been winning regularly lately. Continue reading at chanvillager.com

Forecasting NCAA Division I team race in St. Louis

If you are a fan of parity, then 2011-2012 was your season. The Iowa Hawkeyes, Penn State Nittany Lions, Minnesota Gophers, and Oklahoma State Cowboys all had their time atop the rankings. The wrestling season is a trudge and despite injuries and disappointments, these four teams, along with Cornell, managed to remain in title contention come March. Continue reading at intermatwrestle.com